The Doroni H1 has brought the dream of owning a personal flying car one step closer to reality. On December 1, the H1 received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle resembles a large drone. The car is designed to be semi-autonomous, making it accessible to anyone with a driver’s license.

While eVTOL aircraft may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, they will soon become a common sight in the sky. While many manufacturers are focusing on creating “sky taxis” for efficient transportation, Doroni has set its sights on developing a vehicle that can be used for personal purposes.

Despite its futuristic appearance, the Doroni H1 is intended for everyday use. To operate the flying car, all that is required is a regular driver’s license and completion of a 20-hour training course.

Unlike most eVTOLs that land on designated pads, the H1 has wheels. This allows it to drive into a garage for overnight charging. Once it’s in the garage, the H1 can reach an 80% state of charge in just 20 minutes.

In terms of speed, the H1 is as fast or faster than most other cars on the market. According to Supercar Blondie, the vehicle has a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h) and a cruising speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).

However, it’s important to note that the H1 can only accommodate two seats and has a payload capacity of just 500 lbs. These features may limit the vehicle’s use as a family car replacement. The H1’s range is also limited, coming in at 60 miles (97 km).

Currently, Doroni is finalizing the first two prototypes. The company plans to start delivering the H1 in the fourth quarter of 2024. In the meantime, it’s accepting preorders for 36 units.

The H1 is one of the first flying electric cars to ever be developed. Its FAA approval comes just five months after California start-up Alef Aeronautics got certification for its Model A flying electric car.

However, flying electric car enthusiasts will get a much better deal on the H1. The H1 will start at $150,000 US, while the Model A will start at $300,000. In addition, the Model A will not begin production until late 2025, about a year after the H1.

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